Latest Highlights:

20 October Great Grey Shrike continues on Beeley Moor, 2 Bitterns and 6 Whooper Swans at Willington GP

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DOS News


NOW AVAILABLE!!! Derbyshire Bird Report 2014

DBR 2014 Cover

The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2015. Complete Systematic List for the 206 species seen in Derbyshire in 2014, Lesser Black-backed Gull – a new breeding species for Derbyshire, probable urban breeding of Lesser Black-backed Gull, the effect of winter temperatures on Wren survival, late winter and early spring gatherings of Curlew, ten Peregrine years and more

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Derby Peregrines

Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here

For streaming live video and sound click here.



Thinking of joining the DOS?

The DOS subscription rates will be increased from 1 January 2017 from £12pa to £17pa for adult and family members and from £5pa to £7pa for junior members. However if you join between now and 31 December 2016 you will not only get the current lower rate but not have to pay the new rate until 1 January 2018. So if you are thinking of joining the DOS, or wish to buy a subscription as a Christmas present, now is the time to do it. There is an application form on the DOS website here

DaNES Insect Show

The Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Entomological Society (DaNES) annual Insect Show will be held on Saturday 29th October from 10:30 to 16:30 at the University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby. Always worth a visit.

DWT Talk - "Bird Guides Through the Ages"

Spondon Village Hall, Sitwell Street, Spondon, DE21 7FG. Wednesday 2 November 2016 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm. Join Paul Stancliffe from the British Trust for Ornithology for an evening all about bird guides.

More help with records submission is now available

Following suggestions from users a new spreadsheet is available to help you submit your records click here. The Submit a Record form is intended for a small number of records and this spreadsheet for occasions where you want to submit more than 5-10 records. Instructions are supplied on the spreadsheet

Wildlife Crime

If you witness or suspect wildlife crime then please contact the police (ask for a Wildlife Crime Officer) or RSPB. Your information will be dealt with in confidence but if, for any reason, you are reluctant to take either of those routes then please at least pass the information to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111

The Birds of Derbyshire

Some excellent reviews recently e.g. in British Birds. For details of the new DOS book and how to order click here

See the Meetings and Trips page for the 2015-2016 Indoor Meetings and Fieldtrip programme dates

Check out the Carsington Bird Club website

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Meetings and trips


The next indoor meeting will be on Tuesday 18 October at the Carsington Water

The next planned Field Trip is on Wednesday 7 December to Albert Village Lake

More Details

  Site restrictions

Birdwatchers are are asked to respect the following restrictions:

  • Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads and stay away from the water on the Canal Pit
  • Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the the west side of the reservoir
  • Ambaston GP: Please stay on the public footpath
  • Drakelow NR: Please do not walk in front of the main hide
  • Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The closer pits can be viewed from the A50 slip road with a telescope but no access should be attempted AT ANY TIME (or you will have to explain yourself to the local constabulary!)

Safety first!

Respect landowner's privacy

"The interests of the bird comes first"

Birdwatchers code of Conduct


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